The universal rodent station key concept
The typical pest management professional, however, uses a variety of stations across accounts. He or she may have mouse-sized stations in a store, for example, rat-sized stations for a loading dock and a mixture of the two (along with several brands) for a warehouse. Multiply this situation by the dozens of rodent accounts the typical company may service, and it’s easy to see how a busy pest management technician may carry more than 20 separate keys to each account, simply to check and maintain the stations.
Ensuring each of its rodent technicians possesses and uses all of these keys can add both time and labor costs to a company’s bottom line. For each account, the technician must remember which key(s) to use, find the correct one on the key ring and then switch as needed as different types and/or brands of stations are encountered. In addition, the cost and effort that goes into replacing lost or broken keys is a business inefficiency that is all too common.
In light of this, the team at J.T. Eaton proposes the professional pest management industry works together toward a solution: the universal key. Regardless of make, model or manufacturer, one key could indeed “do it all.”
Such a key would make servicing an account much simpler for technicians because they only need one key to perform their station-maintenance responsibilities. A spare key kept securely on the technician’s truck would ensure that work is never put on hold in the event the original key is broken or misplaced.
If you’re a member of the pest management industry, please let us know what you think of this idea in the comment section below. If you’re a bait station manufacturer who would like to join us in the universal rodent station initiative, please contact us.